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Filling the Empty Nest


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Today’s prompt for the Saturday Stream of Consciousness Saturday is “empty/hollow.”

There are lots of quotes about the glass being half full or half empty. Be thankful you have a glass with something in it. The glass is always full of something, water, air, a bug. How did that bug get in there? I don’t know, but it happens when the glass sits in the cabinet in the back for a long time and you live in a warmish climate and don’t like to use chemicals. But that’s not really what I meant to write about.

I have lamented at times over my empty nest. My daughter has been out in her own place for over a year now.  It might be two years. I lose track of time. And other things. Where was I? Oh, she just turned 25. I’m sort of appreciating the empty nest now. Because it’s not really empty. Her old room is my art studio, spare room, dog room… it is quite full and in need of some organizing. But what is that saying about an empty desk is a sign of…. No, a cluttered desk is a sign of a creative mind. There you go. So much for feng shui.  Or maybe I have my own special kind. The thing is, I usually end up painting in the kitchen.

studio spare room (2)

As cluttered as it gets.

I love seeing my daughter when she visits which is not often enough. But there was a time when she drove me crazy. I think we drove each other crazy when she was a teenager and even before that when we went through puberty and menopause at the same time since I gave birth to her when I was 37 years old. If she had to come back home, she could. I did that when I was like, 22 or something and went back to college. But I’m learning to let go and let God work. Not easy, but I’m making progress. My life is as full as ever and I am thankful for that.

Sometimes things have to be emptied out to be filled again with something new.


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1. Your post must be stream of consciousness writing, meaning no editing, (typos can be fixed) and minimal planning on what you’re going to write.

2. Your post can be as long or as short as you want it to be. One sentence – one thousand words. Fact, fiction, poetry – it doesn’t matter. Just let the words carry you along until you’re ready to stop.

3. There will be a prompt every week. I will post the prompt here on my blog on Friday, along with a reminder for you to join in. The prompt will be one random thing, but it will not be a subject. For instance, I will not say “Write about dogs”; the prompt will be more like, “Make your first sentence a question,” “Begin with the word ‘The’,” or simply a single word to get your started.

4. Ping back! It’s important, so that I and other people can come and read your post! For example, in your post you can write “This post is part of SoCS:” and then copy and paste the URL found in your address bar at the top of this post into yours. Your link will show up in my comments for everyone to see. The most recent pingbacks will be found at the top. NOTE: Pingbacks only work from WordPress sites. If you’re self-hosted or are participating from another host, such as Blogger, please leave a link to your post in the comments below.

5. Read at least one other person’s blog who has linked back their post. Even better, read everyone’s! If you’re the first person to link back, you can check back later, or go to the previous week, by following my category, “Stream of Consciousness Saturday,” which you’ll find right below the “Like” button on my post.

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8. Have fun!

Author: JoAnna

An open minded, tree-hugging Jesus follower, former counselor, and life-long lover of animals, I'm returning to my creative roots and have published my first book: Trust the Timing, A Memoir of Finding Love Again as well as the short version: From Loneliness to Love.

14 thoughts on “Filling the Empty Nest

  1. You have the best of both worlds, Joanna. A spare room for your artistic, creative side and a daughter who comes to visit the mom she loves. Have a wonderfully full weekend!

  2. Thank you for the inspiration for my empty nest! I love your clutter, too, I’ve got that going on as well! :-)! Enjoy your weekend!

  3. “Sometimes things have to be emptied out to be filled again with something new.”
    ~ Loved that.

  4. Nice one. I can relate to the empty nest feeling. It has been a big adjustment for me. My daughter is just here for a visit. It has been great having her here for a week. She’s off again today. I think I am doing some better with the separation. 🙂

  5. It’s always a good day when our daughter visits. She could come home, but we’d have to empty out her old room.

  6. Family dynamics change when our children are grown and leave home. It is a sad time and a time for change. Each parent must find a new niclhje and get busy and occupied. I missed my daughter first since she left home to go to college and my son remained at home and attend a technical school.

    . I like your desk- reminds – me of my own desk and work spaces.

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